29 injured after dumpster explosion in N.Y., Mayor calls it "intentional"

NEW YORK —An explosion that injured at least 29 people rocked New York's Chelsea neighborhood Saturday night. None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, the New York City Fire Department said.

NYPD spokesman Peter Donald aid authorities were also investigating whether a second device had been found near site of earlier explosion. Police asked residents to avoid the area around 27th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.

The explosion came just after 8:30 pm at 133 West 23rd Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, the Fire Department said.

Several injured were transported to area hospitals, assistant commissioner for communication with the New York City Police Department J. Peter Donald tweeted.

The cause of the blast remains unknown.

The reported explosion area occurred a block away from Eataly, a popular Italian market and eatery. The neighborhood has many late night and after hours music clubs. At 11 pm, New York police and news helicopters hovered over the scene beneath a full harvest moon.

Tweets from the area describe "one loud long boom."

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer said she understood that 26 people had been hurt and five had been taken to local hospitals, she said.

"This is a very orderly crime scene," she told NY1 television. "Everybody is coordinated, organized."

According to the New York Post the explosion was in a dumpster outside a 14-story residence for the blind and blew out several lower windows of the facility.

Tweets from the area describe "one loud long boom."

The New York Police Counter-Terrorism unit has responded to the blast. Transit service in the area has been shut down, according to the New York Fire Department.

Earlier in the day a pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, N.J., near a Marine charity run. The device was placed in a garbage can. No injuries were reported.

Contributing: Elizabeth Weise

USA TODAY


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